Olympic Games scandals and controversies

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The Olympic Games is a major international multi-sport event. During its history, both the Summer and Winter Games were a subject of many scandals, controversies, and illegal drug uses.

Some states have boycotted the Games on various occasions, often as a sign of protest against the International Olympic Committee or contemporary politics of other participants. After both World Wars, the losing countries were not invited. Other controversies include decisions by referees and even gestures made by athletes.

Summer Olympics[edit]

1908 Summer Olympics[edit]

1912 Summer Olympics[edit]

1916 Summer Olympics[edit]

1920 Summer Olympics[edit]

1924 Summer Olympics[edit]

1932 Summer Olympics[edit]

1936 Summer Olympics[edit]

Adolf Hitler arriving at the opening ceremony of the controversial 1936 Berlin Games
Jesse Owens on the podium after winning the long jump at the 1936 Summer Olympics

1940 and 1944 Summer Olympics[edit]

1948 Summer Olympics[edit]

1956 Summer Olympics[edit]

1964 Summer Olympics[edit]

1968 Summer Olympics[edit]

1972 Summer Olympics[edit]

1976 Summer Olympics[edit]

Countries boycotting the 1976 (yellow), 1980 (blue) and 1984 (red) Summer Olympics

1980 Summer Olympics[edit]

1984 Summer Olympics[edit]

1988 Summer Olympics[edit]

1992 Summer Olympics[edit]

1996 Summer Olympics[edit]

2000 Summer Olympics[edit]

2004 Summer Olympics[edit]

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Winter Olympics[edit]

1968 Winter Olympics[edit]

1972 Winter Olympics[edit]

1976 Winter Olympics[edit]

1980 Winter Olympics[edit]

1994 Winter Olympics[edit]

1998 Winter Olympics[edit]

2002 Winter Olympics[edit]

2006 Winter Olympics[edit]

2010 Winter Olympics[edit]

2014 Winter Olympics[edit]

See also[edit]

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